“HubSpot is our blog platform provider and hosts The StudentAdvisor.com blog”
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TOP 10 COLLEGES ARE A SURPRISING MIX
And they are: Harvard University (1), Johns Hopkins University (2), United States Military Academy (3), Carnegie Mellon University (4), University of Notre Dame (5), Stanford University (6), Columbia University, (7), University of Miami (8), University of Florida (9) and rounding out the Top 10 is University of Oregon. At the other end of the scale is Union University (96), Saint Mary’s College (97), Allegheny College (98), Millsaps College (99) and University of Georgia (100).
“The most surprising findings were in the incredibly diverse ways the colleges engage in social media,” said Dean Tsouvalas, Editor-in-Chief of StudentAdvisor.com. “We were pleasantly surprised by the rankings of Emerson College (13), the U.S. Military Academy (3) and Spelman College (16). Or, the #1 school – Harvard University. We would not have known they were the top social media communities without having researched and established the list.”
THE RESEARCH BEHIND THE RANKINGS OR – HOW DID THEY DO IT?
According to Katherine Godfrey, Ph.D., Principal Scientist for Avenue100 Media, they started with a comprehensive list of more than six thousand post-secondary degree-granting institutions in the U.S. for which they had compiled information for the StudentAdvisor site. Next, they researched Facebook1 fan pages, Twitter2 accounts and other social media sites associated with each of those schools.
The team then restricted the rankings to include only those schools that met the following criteria:
|1.||Facebook pages that had at least 500 fans|
|2.||Each college had to have at least one such Facebook fan page and at least one Twitter account in order to be included in the rankings|
|3.||They removed colleges where they could not verify the total enrollment information|
To arrive at the inaugural list, the data included total Facebook fan counts, total number and effectiveness of Twitter followers among other factors. During the course of the list compilation, the team is regularly re-measuring and updating the data by revisiting the various Facebook, Twitter, and other social media pages.
HUBSPOT INSTRUMENTAL IN TOP 100 RANKINGS RESEARCH
“HubSpot is our blog platform provider and hosts The StudentAdvisor.com blog,” said Tsouvalas. “They provide us with informative analytics and ways to constantly improve our conversations with students, parents and colleges. We gave them the list of colleges’ Twitter accounts and they provided the Twitter grades from TwitterGrader.com.”
Tsouvalas continued, “Twitter Grader is a free tool that allows you to check the power of your Twitter profile compared to millions of other users that have been graded. This is a terrific, unbiased baseline for evaluating each school’s Twitter account. Scores ranged from a high of 100 to a low of 10.”
For more information or additional research details regarding the Top 100 Social Media Schools rankings list, please contact Diane Moore via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (781) 683-3355.
StudentAdvisor.com’s Editor-in-Chief Dean Tsouvalas and other Avenue100 Media Solutions executives are available for interviews upon request.
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ABOUT AVENUE100 MEDIA SOLUTIONS INC.
Avenue100 Media Solutions is a leading analytics-based performance marketing company that helps institutions acquire qualified customers. Its flagship site, CourseAdvisor.com, was founded in 2004 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and alumni from MIT and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. CourseAdvisor is now one of the top education sites in the country according to Quantcast, with over 3.3 million unique visitors per month.
In 2007, CourseAdvisor was acquired by the Washington Post Company, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. The minds behind CourseAdvisor launched the WashingtonPost Education web site in 2007 and a financial aid web site, EducationGrant.com, in 2008. In 2009, Avenue100 Media Solutions was formed to serve as a holding company for the numerous sites that the team manages. Avenue100 is headquartered just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit Avenue100.com.
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